Pictured: From left, Cromwell athletes Devon Riggio, Grace Michaud, Zach Zajac, Elias DeLeon, Madison Tessmer and Carly Reilly posing in their future school colors. (Photo by Paul Augeri)
By Paul Augeri
CROMWELL — Cromwell High School on Wednesday celebrated six student-athletes who will go on to play their sports in college:
ELIAS DELEON, Mitchell College, baseball. DeLeon plans to study criminal justice, with a possible double major in business. He plays shortstop and has been one of Cromwell’s steadiest hitters as a junior and senior.
GRACE MICHAUD, Kean University, lacrosse. Michaud plans to study exercise science. She is a defenseman and team captain in this, Cromwell’s second season as a varsity program. Among those she thanked was her mom for pushing her for so long to give lacrosse a try. “I fell in love with it,” Michaud said.
CARLY REILLY, Swarthmore College, lacrosse. Reilly plans to study astronomy or physics. An attacker and team captain, she especially thanked coach Drew O’Connor for helping to start the lacrosse program at the school.
DEVON RIGGIO, Castleton University, soccer. Riggio plans to study political science at Division III Castleton. The center-midfielder thanked friends, her coaches and especially her mother for attending every one of her matches.
MADISON TESSMER, Bay Path University, softball: Tessmer plans to study early childhood education. She credited coach Angelo Morello for pushing her to be “the best player I can be” and thanked her parents for their 12-year commitment to her softball journey.
ZACH ZAJAC, WHEATON COLLEGE, baseball. Zajac plans to study business and English. The right-hander is one of the top pitchers in the Shoreline Conference and is currently hitting over .400. He thanked coach Christian Budzik for giving him a shot to play at the varsity level as a freshman.